Join with Unicef to support the El Nino children’s food crisis


What’s happening?

The region’s worst drought in decades has ruined harvests, dried up water supplies and left 1.2 million children with severe acute malnutrition, struggling to survive. Families across East and Southern Africa have endured two years of erratic and failed rains, only to be hit by the worst El Niño weather event ever recorded. As crops and animals wither into the dirt, there simply isn’t enough food for parents to give their children. The food crisis is ruining lives on a staggering scale, with 26 million children across 10 countries at risk of malnutrition, water shortages and disease. Children are hit hardest, with 1.2 million under five years of age suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

Unicef’s efforts

UNICEF is helping them recover with lifesaving supplies like Plumpy’nut, a high-protein paste that can help bring a severely malnourished child back to a stable condition within weeks. But their teams and resources are stretched to the limit in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and throughout East and Southern Africa. They urgently need your help to reach more children in remote villages, where food and water are desperately short and every day counts.

How you can help

Your generous donation today will deliver therapeutic food or other lifesaving supplies to children suffering from malnutrition.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:


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